Upcoming events

    • Friday, May 11, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Inotheke, 606 Broadway Ave., Ste 101, Santa Monica, CA 90401


    SMBA Employment Section A comprehensive review of the most significant developments in California employment law in the past year.

    Join us for this month's MCLE First Friday educational event at Inotheke, Santa Monica. Receive 1 hour of continuing legal education credit while enjoying a delicious Mediterranean lunch at one of the best Greek restaurants in the country. Networking begins at noon followed by lunch. Presentation begins about 12:30 pm.

    This month the Employment Section of the SMBA is pleased to present a comprehensive review of the most significant developments in California employment law in the past year. The speakers, well known for their informative and entertaining annual reviews, are two leading experts on employment law, Andrew Friedman, a partner at Helmer & Friedman, and Anthony Oncidi, a partner at Proskauer Rose. As always, Andrew and Tony will examine recent developments from plaintiff and defense perspectives in a lively back and forth discussion.

    Andrew H. Friedman, Esq.

    Andrew H. Friedman, a name partner with the law firm of Helmer Friedman LLP, primarily represents employees in all aspects of employment law including not only individual discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases but also complex multi-party wage and hour class actions. In addition to occasionally representing employers and individual defendants, Mr. Friedman also conducts neutral fact-finding investigations into employment-related disputes.  Mr. Friedman also represents clients in catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights, and product liability cases. Read more...

    Anthony J. Oncidi, Esq.

    Anthony J. Oncidi heads the Labor & Employment Law Group in the Los Angeles office.

    Tony represents employers and management in all aspects of labor relations and employment law, including litigation and preventive counseling, wage and hour matters, including class actions, wrongful termination, employee discipline, Title VII and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, executive employment contract disputes, sexual harassment training and investigations, workplace violence, drug testing and privacy issues, Sarbanes-Oxley claims and employee raiding and trade secret protection. A substantial portion of Tony’s practice involves the defense of employers in large class actions, employment discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination litigation in state and federal court as well as arbitration proceedings, including FINRA matters. Read more...


    • Thursday, May 24, 2018
    • 5:30 PM
    • Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402

    ANNUAL JUDGES' NIGHT Meet our Los Angeles County Judiciary

    Join us for our Annual Judges' Night, taking place at the beautiful Annenberg Community Beach House. 

    The Santa Monica Bar Association's Annual Judges' Night honors our judges serving the Los Angeles County area and thanks them for their continued dedication and contribution to the community and administration of justice. Enjoy a lovely evening with members of our judiciary, meet sitting and retired judges, and mingle with friends and colleagues in a  beautiful setting.

    Early registration is recommended.

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    The Annenberg Community Beach House is a unique community destination. With spectacular views, splash pad, playground, gallery, Marion Davies Guest Housebeach courts & fieldscommunity & cultural eventshistoric pool, free wi-fi, and more, there's something for everyone to enjoy!

    For site map click hereSanta Monica Public self pay parking is located adjacent to the venue.

    • Tuesday, July 10, 2018
    • 5:30 PM
    • Past President David Olan's House, 5851 Ramirez Canyon Rd., Malibu CA 90265

    Malibu, CA

    The SMBA Board of Trustees invites you to our Annual Summer Party and Election of the coming year's Board of Trustees. Come enjoy food and drink, networking and entertainment with old and new friends. Members, cast your vote for the new Board of Trustees.

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    Current Nominations include new term trustees:

    • More information coming soon!
    • Saturday, July 21, 2018
    • 10:30 AM
    • Will Rodgers State Beach

    Beach Volleyball
    Will Rodgers State Beach
    Enjoy a day in the sun with friends and sport. Save the date! More info coming soon.

    Refreshments and snacks provided. Parking is located directly in front of volleyball court.

    Bring sunscreen!


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    • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Santa Monica Courthouse, 1725 Main Street, Rm 219, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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    Judges and Commissioners of the West District would like to cordially invite members of the Santa Monica Bar Association and their guests to a luncheon presentation at the Santa Monica Courthouse.

    A panel of bench officers will be giving an informal (and entertaining) panel discussion on information judges find helpful (or unhelpful) in making decisions. Thanks to Judge H. Chester Horn, SMBA Judicial Advisor, for organizing this great opportunity for us to get to know our LASC Judges and Commissioners (and vice versa) and Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff, Supervising Judge of the West District, for hosting us all!  We expect Judge Cho, Judge Cole, Judge Karlan, Judge Newman, Judge Rosenberg, Judge Solorzano, Judge Tarle, Comm. St. George and others to sit on the panel. There will be reserved time at the end of the presentation for questions. 

    Early registration is highly recommended for this event. Space is limited and fills up fast!  All proceeds from registration benefit the SMBA. Lunch may not be available to non-registered or same day registrants.  Pre-registered attendees can pay at-the-door.

    • $45 SMBA Members
    • $75 Non-members (join now)

    Registration includes a sandwich box lunch or salad and a drink. Please select a lunch choice on the registration page. (Lunch type is subject to change.)

    • Thursday, October 18, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Santa Monica, CA

    90th Annual
    Installation Gala
    Join us for the installation of the 2019 Board of Trustees

    Save the date for our 90th Annual Santa Monica Bar Association Installation Dinner Gala. Meet our current and incoming Board of Trustees.  We anticipate over 100 lawyers, judges, law students, and non-attorney affiliates in attendance. Don't miss this signature annual event!

    Incoming President, Jennifer Millier

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    The Santa Monica Bar Association was founded in 1928.  It hosts a great collection of lawyers and other professionals in various fields, mostly situated in Santa Monica, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Venice, Marina del Rey, and West LA.

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Santa Monica, CA 90404

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